It’s an uncomfortable truth, but one that’s hard to ignore: Women are systematically underpaid in the workplace.
According to a new report from The Women’s Resource Center, only 8% of HR professionals are women, and women make up just 13% of the population at large.
And the numbers don’t seem to be improving: Women working at large companies are just 23% of full-time employees.
The reason is that women aren’t being treated as equals, according to the report, which was authored by a group of experts and includes business leaders, women in management, and the CEO of the HR firm Deloitte.
“The lack of equality within the workplace creates an environment where women are treated less fairly and unfairly, and often don’t even feel valued as equals,” said Katherine Smith, president of The Women, a nonprofit that focuses on women’s issues.
“If women are left out of the hiring process and the promotion process, the consequences can be devastating,” she said.
Here are 10 common excuses for women not being promoted or hired into the HR industry: 1.
“I’m a woman.”
While the majority of HR work is conducted by women, it’s not always easy for them to get hired into an organization.
According a survey by Deloise, only 14% of executives at large U.S. companies surveyed said they were female.
In addition, according a recent survey by CareerBuilder, only 28% of women in HR positions were promoted to management.
“My company has an HR department, so it’s my job.”
In addition to being underpaid, it can also be hard to get a promotion or raise if you’re a woman.
According the Women’s Business Institute, women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn.
While it’s true that companies tend to prioritize women in leadership positions, it could also be that women feel like they don’t have a chance in the HR world, said Smith.
“There aren’t enough women.”
According to The Women Resource Center’s report, women are underrepresented in the workforce at large in almost every field.
According in the report: In the field of finance, only 17% of finance professionals are female, compared to 43% of those in finance, accounting, and legal, and 55% of managers.
In accounting, only 13% are women compared to 24% of accounting professionals.
In legal, only 10% are female compared to 39% of lawyers.
And in accounting, there is still a significant gender pay gap at companies that do business with the federal government, according the report.
“Women aren’t interested in HR.”
In interviews, HR professionals often say that they’re not interested in the job because they’re afraid of retaliation, but that doesn’t mean they’re being sincere.
The report found that nearly two-thirds of respondents who had been offered a promotion told HR managers they were just not interested, and more than half of HR managers reported that they would not offer an offer to a woman if they had known she was interested.
“HR managers may not be aware of their own biases in the hiring and promotion process,” Smith said.
“It’s too hard.”
According the report by The Women and Deloite, women still aren’t as likely to get promoted as men.
In fact, the number of women getting promoted in HR is actually lower than in the tech industry, which has been trending upward in recent years.
However, the Women Resource Centre believes there are ways to get more women into the field.
In the study, the group surveyed nearly 1,000 employees and found that one of the most effective ways to make women more comfortable in HR work was by using “female-friendly” language and by asking for a female co-author.
They also found that women were less likely to be demoted or fired for taking on too many roles.
“When we ask the women in our sample what their biggest obstacle to advancement is, one of their biggest barriers is that they are afraid to ask for it,” said Smith, who said she was able to persuade the HR staff to put more female voices in their decisions.
“They also said they’re more likely to want to contribute to the organization if they are a female,” she added.
“No one can speak for me.”
Many HR professionals believe that they should be in charge of the day-to-day running of their company.
But it’s a myth that HR is a male-dominated field.
“In our survey, we found that 80% of female respondents said that they thought HR was more supportive and supportive of women, but they also said that HR was not a gender-balanced field,” Smith noted.
In an interview with The New York Times, Smith said, “Women are not the only ones who need to work with other women.
It’s not a male dominated field.”
“A company doesn’t need